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Pa. fire captain receives surprise homecoming after cancer treatment


After undergoing cancer treatment, a Derry Township fire captain was finally ready to return home last week. On the day Dustin Rhoads was being released from the rehab facility, his brothers from Wiconisco Fire wanted to make sure he had a special ride home.

They lifted him into the fire truck, as family and friends gathered outside the facility with balloons and cameras, to document the surprise homecoming.

Breaking down in tears, the captain’s wife told FOX 43, “They have been by our side since day one and we’d be lost without them,” referring to Dustin’s fellow firefighters.

Asst. Fire Chief Matthew Basti says, “It’s all about the brotherhood.”

Basti says while Dustin may not be fighting any fires alongside them, “I’m sure he will still be around the fire house … when the siren blows he’ll be zooming down there.”

Jody Rhoads says her husband has been battling with health issues since 2012, but earlier this year, during a routine hip replacement, they found out he did indeed have breast cancer — which is not very common among men.

Jody Rhoads and her children say they’re so grateful for the unwavering love and support they have gotten from their firefighting family.

“Knowing that we have that support daily that I’m not alone and we’re not alone, so that’s a good feeling,” she said.


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